Over the years, consumers have begun to value and demand transparency regarding where and how their seafood was farmed or caught. Unfortunately, the vast majority of seafood is not locally sourced. Your local grocery store or favorite restaurant most likely obtained their seafood from a fish farm hundreds or even thousands of miles away. In fact, they may have sourced it from Asia.
While it may at first seem cheaper to choose farmed or imported seafood, there are far more benefits of buying local. Here are just a few of those perks.
5 Advantages of Buying Local Seafood
Here are five of the top reasons that buying local seafood is better for both you and your local community.
1. Superior Transparency and Traceability
When you buy local seafood, you’ll be able to know exactly when and where the fish was caught. In a grocery store, you likely won’t have access to this kind of transparent information. With local seafood shopping, you’ll also get the chance to meet your local fishermen and learn more about them and their seafood offerings.
2. Greater Freshness and Better Taste
Buying local will allow you to enjoy seasonal seafood, and it will have a much fresher taste since you’ll be consuming it at its peak. Seafood obtained from thousands of miles away won’t have the same natural flavor, and it’s sure to be filled with preservatives.
3. A Shorter Supply Chain
Instead of having to go through a fisherman, fish house and processor, local seafood has a much shorter supply chain. You’ll be able to cut out most of the middlemen and distance between where the fish was caught and where you can purchase it. Asian-sourced seafood, for example, has to be flown from overseas. Local seafood is available with fewer “fish miles,” which translates to a lower carbon footprint and less expenditure of fossil fuels and energy.
4. Less Pressure on Overfished Populations
Buying local seafood will enable you to relieve the pressure on the overfished populations. You’ll have more variety to choose from over the standard salmon or tuna, and you’ll be supporting your local ecosystem by letting the more popular, overfished options repopulate.
5. Support for the Local Economy and Fishers
When you buy local seafood, you’ll also be doing your part in supporting your local fishers and economy. These fishing families will directly benefit from your decision to eat locally. More money spent in your community’s economy will make your region healthier and provide extra funds for bettering and developing the area.
Experience Fresh Local Seafood at USS Nemo
At USS Nemo, all of our award-winning cuisines is crafted using freshly caught and locally sourced seafood. From our appetizers to our main course meals, our chef adds a Pan-Asian twist to everything. Because of our dedication to preparing fresh and creative dishes, we’ve consistently been voted a top restaurant in Naples, Florida.
Book Your Reservation at USS Nemo Today
To indulge in seafood with personality served up in a unique undersea atmosphere, book your lunch or dinner reservation at the USS Nemo. We guarantee you won’t find cuisine or an environment like ours anywhere else in Naples.
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"With its subtle submarine motif and obvious seafood obsession, USS Nemo (239-261-6366) is among the most original restaurants on the Naples dining scene these days, and it has the fan base to prove it."
Chelle Koster Walton
"The miso broiled sea bass with citrus-ginger butter sauce is almost worth a trip to Naples in and of itself."
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